Are Natural Supplements Better in Tablet or Capsule Form?
Sunday, 8 January 2017 | David Watkins
The same supplement from the same company in either tablet or capsule form would most likely have identical active natural ingredients and the only differences would be the non-active excipients or the cellulose capsule shells required to produce them.
What Are Excipients?
Excipients are the additional ingredients shown on product labels from responsible companies and include things like Microcrystalline Cellulose, Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium Stearate. When they are used with natural extracts they are generally of vegetable origin and are specifically designed not to have any influence at all on the potency and effectiveness of the main active natural extract in the tablet or capsule. Excipients are always used in the minimum possible quantities solely to assist the manufacturing processes, particularly with tablets. They are most often used to assist the formation of viable compressed tablets which would not hold together with only the active extract in them. Capsules may only have the active extract in them without the need for excipients as they are effectively just a container for the loose uncompressed extract.
The Tablet Option
For most extracts tablets may be the best option because the tablets are usually coated, providing an excellent seal against the environment to protect the contents and retain potency and purity. Additionally, tablets are usually smaller than capsules and can therefore be easier to administer.
The Capsule Option
Complete sealing is not possible with capsules, with the two halves being slid together with no actual seal. However, modern capsule shells and the machines that fills them are very high tech and the two halves fit together extremely tightly. They provide an excellent barrier to the external environment but can be subject to deterioration if incorrectly stored for a prolonged period.
Quality Assured With Either Option
Whichever option you choose to use, providing they have been produced by a manufacturer with the right credential such as ISO standards approval, you can be reassured that the purity and effectiveness of the active extracts will always be the same high standard.
About The Author
David Watkins is a long-serving senior member of the management of Tonvara Natural Supplements, a family owned company based in the heart of the Sussex countryside in the UK. All Tonvara natural dietary supplements are produced to ISO standards.
Updated Jan 2017